Biologist Kenneth M. Olsen tends rice in the Jeanette Goldfarb Plant Growth Facility at Washington University in St. Louis. Credit: Joe Angeles/Washington University A new global study reveals the extent to which high-yielding rice varieties favored in the decades since the “Green Revolution” have a propensity to go feral, turning […]

Average changes in maize yield in the five years following a nuclear war between Pakistan and India. Credit: Adapted from Jägermeyr et al., 2020 Soot from firestorms would reduce crop production for years. The concept of nuclear winter — a years-long planetary freeze brought on by airborne soot generated by […]

Bees visit pollinator-independent almond blossoms. Credit: Drs. Saez and Negri Pollination by bees is vital even when crops are assumed to be pollinator independent. That’s according to a study co-authored by Ethel Villalobos, a researcher in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Department of Plant […]

Monsanto’s controversial herbicides have been sprayed on fields for decades GETTY IMAGES German chemical giant Bayer is to appeal against a Missouri court’s award of $265m (£203m) to a US peach grower who blamed a herbicide for crop damage. Farmer Bill Bader sued Bayer and BASF, alleging that dicamba weedkiller […]

A human airway epithelial cell, which acts as a protective barrier against inhaled environmental agents. Selenium-containing aerosol is shown to damage these cells. Credit: C M Sabbir Ahmed/UCR Excess selenium from fertilizers and other natural sources can create air pollution that could lead to lung cancer, asthma, and Type 2 […]

For hundreds of years, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used an herb called Stemona sessilifolia as a remedy for parasitic infections, such as those caused by pinworms and lice. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have identified 10 compounds that might be responsible for the herb’s effectiveness. But […]

A new study finds that pollination is better in cities than in the countryside. Plants Benefit From More Bees, Especially Bumble Bees Flowering plants are better pollinated in urban than in rural areas. This has now been demonstrated experimentally by a team of scientists led by the German Centre for […]

This aerial photo of an ISU research farm shows plots where various crop rotations are grown. These plots provided data for a recently published study showing diversified cropping systems don’t consistently store carbon better than corn-soybean systems in Iowa. Credit: Matthew Liebman Integrating perennial crops into corn and soybean rotations […]

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have developed a new nitrate sensor that will provide real-time and continuous measurement in soil to better detect water pollution and measure conditions for higher agricultural productivity. Natural nitrate levels in groundwater are generally very low. However, excess application of fertilizers in agriculture […]